Uttoxeter Racecourse Executive Director steps down after 14 years

The Executive Director of one of Staffordshire’s biggest sporting venues has left his post after 14 years in the role.

David MacDonald arrived at Uttoxeter Racecourse in November 2006 and has overseen many annual occasions at the site including the Summer Cup and the coveted Midlands Grand National, which takes place on Saturday.

The racecourse has built up a reputation for hosting many memorable functions and events during his tenure.

It has welcomed many music artists on its grounds too including the likes of ska band Madness, Spandau Ballet bassist Martin Kemp and pop sensation The Kaiser Chiefs during MacDonald’s decade-and-a-half stay.

Now, he has decided it is the right time to move on.

He said: “It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to leave my role as Executive Director of Uttoxeter Racecourse after 14 wonderful years.

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“I leave with fantastic memories and it has been an honour working with an incredible team of talented people. Thank you to everyone for your support.”

Uttoxeter Racecourse paid tribute to MacDonald’s legacy, adding: “A sad day for everyone involved at Uttoxeter.

“Thank you for all that you have done! Wishing you all the best for the future.”

Hundreds of well-wishers sent good luck messages to MacDonald, many of whom posted them on social media.

One user wrote: “Very sad David, you have been a tremendous servant to both Arc racing as well as the people of Uttoxeter.

“May I personally thank you, and wish you the very best in whatever you decide to do in the future.”

Another added: “Very sorry to learn this David. You have been a superb boss of the racecourse and built so many good local and national relationships.

“Your enthusiasm for the business was so apparent to its customers. A loss to racecourse management. Wishing you well.”

One summarised: “David and his team turned my local racecourse into a fantastic venue and did a lot of brilliant work over the years. All the best for the future!”

Despite a tough year for Uttoxeter Racecourse and the sport of horse racing overall, the Midlands Grand National – one of the biggest events in racing calendar – is set to take place behind closed doors this weekend.

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